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You'll make 3 basic
sparkleballs using 100 clear mini-lights in each one BUT each
ball will have only 46 cups.
On Ball #1, build
the first half as usual. But as you fit the last four cups
in, have the lights ready to thread. Pull the plug end between
the cups, then melt them into place, so the plug end dangles
out directly from the top of the ball. Then thread the lights
into the cups, 2 lights to a cup.
On the second
half you'll leave out the last four cups so there's a gap
in the top of the ball half. Make sure the prong end of the
lights dangles out the gap. Then finish threading in the lights.
Add the leftover 8 lights to 8 lucky cups, so that those cups
have 3 lights each instead of 2.
Join the halves.
Build Balls #2 and #3 the same way.
Set Ball #1 on the ground, with the gap facing
the ground. This is your base. (A male end should be hanging
out of the bottom to plug into your extension cord.)
Put Ball #2 on
top of Ball #1, fitting the gap side onto the rounded top
of the bottom ball. Plug them into each other and make
sure the lights work.
Then join the
balls with the soldering iron. You can notch the cup rims
together, as the sparkleball directions show. Or you can make
holes between the cups and wire them together.
Add Ball #3 to the top of Ball #2. Again, plug
in the lights and make sure they all work. Then secure Ball
the body is sturdy and strong, and the plugs are all plugged
in and you know the lights work-- then decorate your snowman
If you plan to put your snowman outside, make sure you stake
it to the ground so it won't blow over, using tent stakes
through holes in the cups or by using wooden dowels inside
to Glenda for instructions and Cuppy for the photo.
from Italy. Grazie tanto, Marika!
sparkleball snowperson potluck party decoration from Thrifty
in Brisbane, Australia his sparkleball snowma from different
size cups. To copy Ron and Marika's snowman technique read